A song sung at a music feast (Pelham Humfrey)

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  • (Posted 2022-12-10)  CPDL #71858:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2022-12-10).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A song sung at a music feast
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1676

Description: A drinking song in honour of music

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Original text and translations

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How well doth this harmonious meeting prove
a feast of music is a feast of love,
where kindness is our tune and we in parts
do but sing forth the comforts of our hearts
For friendship is nothing but concord of votes
and music is made by a friendship of notes.

Come then to the God of our art let us quaff,
for he once a year is reputed to laugh.